Posts Tagged ‘MindManager Pro 7’

MindManager Tips and Tricks: A Mindmap to get you started

August 11, 2008

Mindjet has created a MindManager Tips and Tricks Mindmap to help you get started mindmapping.

The mindmap gives you “How-Tos” for the following:

Navigating

  • Expanding and collapse topics
  • Move map using “grip hand”
  • Use the Pan and Zoom window (good for large maps)

Editing

  • Select multiple topics
  • Convert a Topic into a Floating Topic
  • Remove a topic but keep its subtopics

Formatting

  • Display “Advanced Formatting” toolbar
  • Align topics
  • Balance map topics

Creating an image

  • Save your map as an image
  • Paste topic as a bitmap image

Click on the mindmap below to see the details:

The MindManager file (.mmap) for this mindmap is available for download at Mindjet’s website. Click here to download.

You will need MindManager Pro 7, MindManager 7 for Mac or the free MindManager Viewer 7 to download the file.

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A Mindmap for Weighing the Pros and Cons of Any Decision

July 30, 2008

We all have to make decisions everyday.  Weighing the pros and cons of those decisions can be very difficult at times.

To help make the process easier, Mindjet has created a mindmap template that helps you more effectively identify the right solution.  It helps you sort through the pros and cons of any decision. 

I’ve personally found this template to be very useful.  There is nothing like seeing your pros and cons side by side. 

Here’s the template for your review:

(Click on mindmap to enlarge)

If you are interested in downloading and using this template, download it from the Mindjet website.   Click here to download.

Hand-Drawn Mindmaps vs. Computer Based Mindmaps: Pros and Cons to each

July 26, 2008

Due to the great work of Tony Buzan many people leverage the benefits of hand-drawn mindmaps.  In his many books he highlights how such maps are aligned with the thinking processes of the brain and how they help you to use a wide range of association techniques as well as images and colors.

Jamie Nast, Mindmapping Thought Leader, Author and Creator of the Idea Mapping Blog, also is a strong proponent of hand-drawn maps and their benefits.  

There is no doubt that there are times when a hand-drawn map is the most practical thing to do.  For example, when you are at a meeting and you don’t have your computer.  Or you want to create your own personal work of art with your mindmap to help you associate and recall things in a particular way.

However, both Tony Buzan and Jamie Nast, also fully understand the power of computer based mindmaps.  Tony Buzan has created iMindmap and Jamie Nast is an expert on using mindmapping software such as MindJet’s MindManager.

In fact, when you think about all the things you can do with computer based mindmaps, it becomes very clear that mindmaps via a computer are much more than a visual image. 

Chuck Frey, MindMapping Thought Leader and Creator of The Mind Mapping Software Blog recently highlighted 10 advantages to computer based mindmappping: 

  1. Mind mapping software enables you to arrange information in expandable and collapsible topic trees.
  2. Mind mapping software enables you to embed documents, links, notes and other data within the structure of your map, transforming it into the equivalent of a powerful visual database.
  3. Mind mapping software enables you to re-arrange the topics in your map at will, until it perfectly represents your ideas.
  4. A software-produced visual map isn’t just something you create once and forget about. Because you can update its contents as needed, it can become a powerful tool for managing your projects and tracking their progress on an ongoing basis.
  5. Mind mapping software enables you to export your ideas to other types of software, such as word processors, presentation and project management software. 
  6. Mind mapping software also opens up new opportunities for collaboration that don’t exist with hand-drawn maps.
  7. Another powerful advantage of mind mapping software is that you can utilize it to present your ideas, which makes it a powerful alternative to PowerPoint.
  8. Another unique capability of mind mapping software is that it can be used with an LCD projector and screen to record and display ideas during a group brainstorming session.
  9. Another unique capability of mind mapping software is that you can utilize it to create your own “information dashboard” – a map that consolidates a wealth of data that you need to manage into a single, visually-oriented screen.
  10. Finally, what makes mind mapping software unique is its flexibility. The number of different things you can do with it – from a business, education or personal standpoint – is amazing.

Please go to Chuck Frey’s site and read the full article as he goes into greater detail on each benefit.  Click here for the full article.

With all the benefits of computer based mindmapping, however, there still will always be a place for hand-drawn mindmaps.  

Chuck Frey, puts it this way, “In closing, please don’t take this list to mean that I am criticizing hand-drawn mind maps. There are still many occasions when nothing else will do – such as when you want to create a unique, colorful and very personal visualization of your ideas.”

MindManager Pro and JCVGantt: Project Management at its Best

July 23, 2008

If you are looking for a way to creatively and dynamically manage your projects then you need to get MindManager Pro 7 and JCVGantt Pro 3.

These two applications made by Mindjet give you the creativity of mindmapping software and the structured output of traditional project management software.

Here’s how it works: You create all the major project tasks and subtasks with timeframes in MindManager. Then you simply click the “Show JCVGantt” button. And just like that, all of your project data appears in JCVGantt, a project management software tool.

You can toggle back and forth between your mindmap and the JCVGantt view. The programs are also linked so anything you change on the JCVGantt view is automatically updated on your mindmap!

Here’s a graphical view of the steps:

Step 1: Create your mindmap with project tasks and dates:

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Step 2: Click “Show JCVGantt” button to transform your mindmap data into a JCVGantt project view:

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Step: 3: If Microsoft Project is your project management software of choice, you only have to click one button:

…and your mindmap project data is imported into Microsoft Project:

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Now you can finally leverage the power of mindmapping AND traditional project management. THANK YOU MINDJET!

Personal and Financial Records Mindmap

July 21, 2008

How many times have you searched for a reciept, insurance policy, credit card statement or tax form?  How many times have you wasted time and energy trying to figure out where you put that important document?  

We all have been there.  But now there is a better way. 

To help you quickly organize and locate all those documents whether they be in an electronic form (on your computer) or physical form (in your file cabinet), I’ve created a mindmap that can serve as your template for organizing these documents more efficiently.

This mindmap not only allows you to see where all of your important documents are located (via notes) but also allows you to link Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDFs, or images to the mindmap itself!  No more looking through Windows Explorer trying to find that illusive document.  Or looking through those stacks of paper on your desk.  Now you can organize all of your important documents (or the location of those documents) in one place – a mindmap.

I’ve organize the mindmap into 4 major areas:

  • Records You Carry with You
    • In Your Wallet
    • In Your Vehicle
  • Current Active Records
  • Permanent Active Records
    • Personal Records
    • Property Records
    • Financial Records
    • Investment and Retirement
    • Estate Planning
  • Safe Deposit Box

(Click on mindmap to enlarge)

You can download this mindmap and customize it with your personal and financial information.

The MindManager file (.mmap) for this mindmap is available for download at biggerplate.com.  You will need MindManager Pro 7MindManager 7 for Mac or the free MindManager Viewer 7 to download the file (though you can not customize it with the Viewer)..  

Click here to download mindmap.

The opportunity cost on your time (i.e. the time you could have spent doing something else instead of looking for a document) is well worth the purchase of MindManager.

The iPhone Mindmap: Seeing What the iPhone Can Do

July 14, 2008

As you probably know Apple, Inc. released its latest version of the iPhone on July 11, 2008 in the US.  

As an iPhone user I am just amazed at all the things this phone can do.  I thought a mindmap would be a great way to show all the features of the iPhone.

If you have an iPhone, this mindmap let’s you see just how amazing your new phone really is.  

If you don’t have an iPhone (and you don’t have a problem with AT&T as they are the exclusive provider in the US), you REALLY need to consider getting one.

Whether people like it or not, this phone completely changes the game!

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To see the detailed descriptions for each feature under the Notes icon you will have to download the mindmap.

The MindManager file (.mmap) for this mindmap is available for download at biggerplate.com.  You will need MindManager Pro 7MindManager 7 for Mac or the free MindManager Viewer 7 to download the file.  

Click here to download mindmap.

Using MindManager to Meet Business Needs

July 2, 2008

In my efforts as a Mindmapping Consultant to help clients better understand how MindManger can help them meet their business needs, I decided to create a mindmap to illustrate what MindManger can do.

This mindmap covers the following:

  • What is a MindManager Mindmap?
  • Benefits of a MindManager Mindmap
  • MindManager Integration with other Productivity Tools
  • Using MindManager Mindmaps to Increase Business Effectiveness – Examples

Click on the Mindmap to Enlarge and view the subtopics:

 

If you have MindManager 7 or the MindManager Viewer 7 (which is a free download) you can view all the subtopics, notes, website links, and mindmap links that are a part of this mindmap.

I have made the MindManager file (.mmap) for this mindmap available for download at biggerplate.com.  Click here to download.

 

Mindjet’s Interactive Quick Tour in Multiple Languages

June 30, 2008

Mindjet recently launched a new website and they are truly accommodating a global audience.  Now you can learn about MindManager, their Industry standard Mindmapping software, in English, German, French, Spanish or Japanese.

To experience their interactive Quick Tour click here.

Mindjet: The Industry Leader for Business Mindmapping

June 19, 2008

MindJet, the maker of MindManager Pro 7 and MindManager 7 for Mac, is clearly the industry leader when it comes to business mindmapping.  They have over one million licenses of MindManager software used globally by 85 of the Fortune 100 companies and more  than 50 percent of Global 2000 organizations.  To see a list of company case studies, click here.

Recently, Mindjet launched Mindjet Connect which allows users to collaborate on mindmaps.  As they state on their site, it is “a flexible, secure online environment where anyone from virtually anywhere can work together.”

I am personally a BIG fan of MindManager.  I use it everyday at work and in my personal life.  The tool is extremely flexible.  And once you see how easy it is to create a mindmap dashboard on your computer for all your important files, projects, websites, and links to other mindmaps –  you’ll never manage information the same way again!  I use MindManager Pro 7 for Windows at work and MindManager 7 for Mac at home (and yes, MindManager files from one operating system work on the other).  

In a world where information overload is increasingly becoming a problem for all of us, this tool allows you to capture, organize, and reuse information in ways that work for you.  It enables you to be a master of information – no matter how complex or detailed that information may be.  

MindManager allows you to see the high level relationships and drill down on the details with ease.

And for those of you who like outlines, any MindManager map can be quickly converted to an outline that can be exported to Word in literally two clicks!

On their site, Mindjet illustrates how people are using MindManager today:

Every once in a while there comes a “game changing” software application for business.  MindManager is such an application.  And once you see how useful it is at work, you’ll find yourself using it for your personal life too!